Queen Victoria Building Sydney

The Queen Victoria Building is possibly the most beautiful shopping centre in the world.

Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night
Exterior of the Queen Victoria Building at night cc licensed photo by David Lee

The magnificent Queen Victoria Building, or QVB for short, is an architectural delight that should not be missed during you visit to Sydney. It is definitely one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world and stunning to say the least. The QVB was completed in 1898 in the midst of a severe recession. The intricate Romanesque architecture topped with a centre dome required the employment many skilled craftsmen who would otherwise have been out of work during this difficult time.

When it first opened the QVB housed a concert hall, offices, warehouse space and shop space for many different services and tradespeople. Eventually the Concert Hall was replaced by the City Library and then, after a major retrofit in the 1930's, Sydney's City Council became the primary tenant.

The building gradually became run down again over the years and there was even some consideration of demolition. Fortunately, through a partnership agreement the building was painstakingly restored again between 1984 and 1986 followed by another refurbishing in 2009 for a total investment of $134 million.

The Queen Victoria Building now has many boutique shops and services throughout it's 4 levels. Outside the south end of the building the Bicentennial Plaza features a statue of Queen Victoria and the Royal Wishing Well which raises funds to benefit children who are deaf or blind.

There are many more interesting features and details in this incredible and beautifully detailed building - too many to mention here. This is one shopping centre where you may want to bring your camera.

Nearby attractions: Sydney Tower, Pitt Street Mall, Sydney Town Hall, Saint Andrew's Cathedral and Hyde Park.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Queen Victoria Building Sydney

Fee: No

Open Now

Regular Hours:

  • Monday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Category: Shopping Centers Landmarks & Historical Buildings

Address: 455 George St
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Australia

Phone: +61 2 9265 6800

Reviews

Yelp Rating:
4.5 out of 5 4.5 Star Rating
Based on 87 Reviews.

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5 Star Rating There is no place like the Q.V.B.. To think that it almost was razed by fools. Shopping there is terrific. My favourite: Les bonnes adresses and its... Read More

Jean-Guillaume L. Feb-15-2019

5 Star Rating #75 for 2018 The Queen Victoria building was built in 1893 a marketplace that continues today housing many unique vendors on five floors. The... Read More

Mel B. Oct-04-2018

4 Star Rating Pretty! Get a load of it at night too. It is basically a nice building structure housing a mall. My only regret is not catching it on the hour when the... Read More

Vivian C. Sep-30-2018

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Directions

Train Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Light RailCapitol Square12 minutes
T1, T2, T3 or T4Town Hall1 minute
T2 or T3St. James3 minutes

How to get to Queen Victoria Building Sydney by Train

By Light Rail: Exit at Capitol Square and go right (north) on George Street.

By Train:Town Hall Station has a direct underground passage to the QVB (1 minute) or Exit St. James Station onto Elizabeth Street and cross over and continue west on Market Street (3 minutes).

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